Brisbane Heat will let movable the striking firepower ofNew Zealanddasher Brendon McCullumfor the openingKFC T20 Big Bash League. McCullumis the first worldwide signing for the Heat, with the keeper-batsman bringing a extraordinaryT20 standingto theBrisbaneunderstanding.
Brendon mcCullumThe 29-year-old grabbed international headlines in 2008 with a glowing 158 not out just in 73 balls for Kolkata Knight Riders in the first ever IPL match, the maximum individual score in T20 cricket in the IPL with 13 sixes and 10 fours.
He was the 2ndplayer followingChris Gayleto score aninternational T20century, hammering 116 not out as of 58 balls forNew Zealandin theirTwenty20win overAustraliainChristchurchin February final year. McCullumhas scored3389runsin his57 Tests, where he has also bevice-captainof theBlackCaps.
He has also play192 One DayInternationalsfor his country, scoring 4037 runs counting ahighestscoreof166,40T20 Internationals, with1100runsat a strike-rate of128.35.
In every, he has play122 T20 matchesin his career, where his3073 runshave approach at astrike-rateis136.45andwith three time centuries and 15 time half centuries.
Heat trainerDarren Lehmannsupposed he was pleased to haveMcCullumin his line-up.
"I can't stay to see him play for us,'' Lehmannsupposed.
"He goes from the 'get go', and if he comes rotten for you, he can put up a game very rapidly. To have a guy of that aptitude, who is world class, in your side will assist our younger players study and motivate them to better heights."
"He will win a pair of games for us I am sure and I am very secure theBrisbanefans will approach out and get at the back him, because he is a particular talent." McCullumis a talented wicket-keeper who can also play completely as a batsman withLehmannintense to discover all of the potential that offers the team.
I am very happy to arrive at conformity with Brendon. We will work from end to end his accessibility with his organization andNewZealandCricketand Otago, but his attendance in this tournament will be outstanding,"DarrenLehmannsupposed. McCullumhas play forKolkataandKochiin theIPLand twisted out forNSWin the 2009Big Bash.
Heat workers so far: Nick Buchanan Daniel Christian Ben Cutting Peter Forrest Ryan Harris Nathan Hauritz James Hopes Chris Lynn Brendon McCullum (international)